November 30, 2012

Debby Ryan Interview

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Debbieryan_130Debby Ryan Jessie Interview

In the TV show Jessie, Debby Ryan stars as Jessie, a starry-eyed teenager born and raised in a military family, who ventures to New York City and becomes a nanny to 4 kids. Born May 13, 1993, Ryan was actually raised in a military family and spent her early years in Alabama, Texas, and Germany.  Read our interview to find out more about her early life, and her life as an actress now.

Q: Moving around so much when you were young, were you ever bullied?
Debby: Yes. I was in public school in Germany and I had to learn German really quickly to acclimate. I still got made fun of for being different. Then we moved back and went to American public school [in 6th grade]. My first week there, this boy kicked me in the back of the knee when I was in the hallway. All of my papers flew and everything fell. It was like a really bad, cheesy movie where all my papers, like, flutter to the ground, and I’m like horrified and everyone’s giggling and snickering. The bell rings and people just leave me there, and I have to get all my things and I know I’m going to get a tardy thing and have to deal with that. I bruised my knee, so it hurt to walk. I was just so bummed and embarrassed by the entire situation.

Q: Why are people so mean?
Debby: I was really insecure, so I was a weak target and it just made him feel good to make other people not feel good. I realized it’s less about me and more about him. That was his issue and he took it out on me. It makes you learn quickly and realize that those are the people you don’t want to be around.

When I went to school the next year I saw a girl sitting alone and I sat and ate with her. It sounds easy but it’s a total long shot because if you go and you sit with them and they’re like, “Why are you sitting with me? I don’t know you,” it can be completely embarrassing. But I always found the people that ended up being bullied or isolated, and befriended them. By being bullied, you know what it feels like, and then you get to the point of saying, “If I can keep one person from feeling like this, then I’ve done my job.”

I’ve seen my kids go through it too, the 4 kids on my show [Jessie]. We talked about it. When I was starting to be an actor, it wasn’t a cool thing. It was like, “Oh, you think you’re going to be famous? You think you’re going to be in Hollywood? Oh, that’s so cute.” Like, “Oh look, Debby thinks she’s cool.” So I wouldn’t tell people when I would miss school for auditions or have to leave practice early. I would just kind of do my own thing.

Karan [who plays Ravi] was talking about when he was filming a movie and coming back and people saying, “What you were really doing?” And Cameron [who plays Luke] was talking about how people were like, “Oh, I’m sure you were off filming a movie with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Like, I’m so sure.” There are millions of people all around the world wishing they were you, and then you go into school and there’s people making fun of you for being you.

JessieChristmasQ: How do you get along with the kids on the show?  Do they ever get on your nerves like little brothers and sisters?
Debby: No. They understand that in addition to being Big Sister Debby and Nanny Debby and running lines with them all the time and painting their nails on Wednesdays and making them their Easy Mac on set, that I also am co-producing a TV show, and creating a web series. It’s hard because all I want to do is just sit with them and be like, “Ok, do you have any questions about this scene? Let’s go over your lines. You’re doing physical comedy this week. This is a new thing for you. How do you feel about being in the harness? Are you comfortable?” I mean, they are brilliant, hard-working kids. They’re all so incredibly special and smart and perceptive and fearless. You have to be fearless to do comedy. And when you’re a kid, tripping over things and being uncoordinated and making silly faces, it’s the last thing you want to do because you’re like, “I’m not even cool with who I am when I’m not looking like an idiot.” I have so much respect for them. They’re adorable. I love them.

Q: What has been your favorite scene to shoot?
Debby: There was a scene where I fell into a giant tub of mud. That scene was fun. Cleaning up and pulling Q-tips full of mud out of my ears for the next three days – not as fun. I always like anything that involves stunts. There was a scene where I was in a stunt harness hanging on a window-washing rig, and it was falling and being pulled each direction, so I was supposed to fall and lean in every direction the window-washing rig was. A bucket ends up on my head. There’s a rat on the windowsill. I am barefoot and in a ball gown, hoisted above the ground with pads under me. I have two speeches to memorize, so I’m supposed to coordinate all of that. But I love stuff like that. What’s so interesting is that while it’s a week of set up and hours of rehearsal and stunt rigging and everything, and it’s two hours to shoot, it’s about 15 seconds of a clip that’s in the episode.

Q: You’re always are so stylish. Do you have any suggestions for a girl that doesn’t have a great budget?
Debby: I take things from my brother’s closet. A guy’s clothes are not going to fit you like you’re a chick, so you can kind of play with it. Something I did with one of his old shirts is cut little slits in it and threaded a ribbon through it and tied it at the waist. So you have a bow, a nice little detail and you just gave it a different shape. Cuffing T-shirt sleeves and cutting neck lines – those are all really easy ways to customize things and figure out how to wear them. Look at one person whose style you really admire. Whatever it is, look at that kind of style icon and look at what they are wearing. Look at paparazzi shots of them going to the grocery store. What are they looking like when they’re going to Target? Are they wearing flats and jeans? So find someone with a body type similar to yours and kind of rip off some of their cuts and how it works for them.

Q: What is one thing you wish everyone would do to make the world a better place?
Debby: It’s that classic quote: “Be the change.” If you don’t like something, stop pointing fingers at the people who are doing it. Look at yourself and exemplify that. Exemplify what you want to be and what you find beautiful and marvelous and intriguing in a person, so other people see that and be attracted to it and want to be like it.

Aww. She is so sweet. I read a rumor that she is dating Spencer Boldman from Lab Rats. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I think they would be an adorable couple.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Marie Morreale
Images courtesy of Disney Channel 

  1. jacqueline

    Debby I know u r always busy and I won’t take you’re time could u give me tips of how to survive my first years at middle school

  2. pimkmonster7

    I love youre show.How did you start youre acting caerr?I love youre styile and adduted.Youre amasing and i love youre show.

  3. bella jelly

    i am so glad debby ryan made it on disney. i cryed during the last show of suit life on deck!!!!!!!!! i love her i wish i could be on sett with her one day. =

  4. Kylee

    Umm do you guys realize that it’s not HER SHOW. She doesn’t OWN THE SHOW. Same with the movie Radio Rebel. It’s not HER movie.Its actually the CREATOR OF THE SHOW’S SHOW. Oh and btw i’m a big fan.

  5. Julia

    Hi I am Julia I would love to be on your show because it is my dream to be on tv. Well ttyl I love your show.

  6. puppylover219

    HEY DEBBY CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION? 1. ARE YOU REALLY FROM TEXAS!? 2.ARE YOU MARRIED BECAUSE EACH EPISODE I SEE A RING ON THAT FINGER OF YOURS?! my brother loves when your show jessie comes on and my friend loves camron boyce

  7. sunshineaqua39

    hi omg Jessie i wacth it everyday lol emma robby luke and the rest lol 16 wishes suit life SO many shows lololololo

  8. Joanna

    That is so AWESOME!!! I live in Switzerland, a country next to Germany, and we speak German too! I was teased about not knowing the language well too. :( At least I know the language good know! :)

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  10. katelyn

    i love your shows there so funny!Do you really like tonny??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  11. bullbear251

    i like your show. i like the scene where vincin is that girls boy friend. i am a hudge fan i watch every episode.

  12. TM

    Our class really liked your comments about bullying and how you handle yourself in the situation and how you helped others.

  13. Hazel

    Hi Debby I aam a huge fan .
    Do you know any other fans.If i don’t see you then I go to ondemand to see you
    your friend,

  14. hazel

    this is for debby.I watch her show every second.doy uo know other stars.And if your show is not on i go to ondemand to watch

  15. sasha

    I love your show JESSIE,but i also saw your movie that’s called raidio rebel.i’m 9 years old and i hope to be as succsessfull as you are.i have a book about you debby,i heard that you wanted to be an actor cince you were alittle kid,and that whenyou were 8 you had your first year as a kind of actress.i adore you and the rest of the actors.kitty swipes and glitter for you emma.

  16. sasha

    i love you and i hope to be an as awsome actress as you are.i love how some of the show is ya!!

  17. Aine

    I just love Jessie on Disney Channel. My favourite character is Jessie because she is a great nanny to look after crazy kids!!!!!

  18. lavenderpolarbear16

    i wuld like 2 say dat debbie ryan is a great and talented person and a phenomenly actor

  19. Jarmei

    She’s one of the best rolemodel in this generation. Love that she stands in what she believes in. Everyday she makes you feel inspired, she’ll randomly write things like “Chin up, beauties. There are still battles to fight & redemption to be had & love to give.” her posts like this makes you feel that you’re not alone, like there’s someone who cares for you. She’s a Philanthropist too. I just adore her passion for acting and being the change in this world.
    P.S she’s not dating Spencer Boldman, they’re really good friends, she once wrote that her BF is her career. lol the sense of humor of that girl just turns your frown upsidedown.

  20. Joanna

    I love one of Debby’s other movies, Radio Rebel. I’v never seen Jessie but it must be really good if Debby’s in it. And everyone else they listed.

  21. Katniss Everdeen

    That’s a really cool interview! I really like the show Jessie! Yesterday I found out that you’re co-producing the show—wow!

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